Zero - Waste Lifestyle: Choice or a Need?
Recently, I have been reading some very interesting blogs and articles on the zero-waste lifestyle. So what is zero waste I hear you ask? Adopting a zero-waste lifestyle means re -using products to reduce wastage in our environment. Followers of this, often practise a set of principles allowing them to do this.
Why is following a zero-waste routine useful?
A zero-waste routine ensures you use the most of your resources so that they don't end up in land fill. Waste being deposited in a landfill creates harmful greenhouse gas emissions which damage the environment and contribute to climate change and global warming. Plastic being the main culprit; Did you know that (according to the Recycling Guide UK website): 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used per year by people in the UK which equates to 15 million plastic bottles a day, furthermore, an average family in the UK throws away 40kg of plastic a year! I'm sure you are shocked by these horrifying statistics. However, following a zero-waste routine can decrease such statistics and promotes a healthier lifestyle for you too. We too can play a part in keeping our planet healthy and beautiful.
Now I know such drastic changes in your routine won't happen overnight but that is the benefit of going zero-waste; you can start with small changes and slowly increase the changes till you have gone zero-waste.
Tips on going zero-waste:
Make small swaps in your daily life such as: bamboo brushes instead of plastic ones, re-usable containers and fabric bags when you go food shopping or clothes shopping, re-usable straws and cups
Buy less unnecessary items
Don't throw away food scraps; use them as compost
Minimise your use of plastic
Eat less meat products to reduce greenhouse gasses
Grow your own produce
I hope you gained an insight into the world of zero-waste and consider going zero - waste yourself. We all should be working towards the zero - waste lifestyle and I believe we can make a change in our routine to help the environment.
The solution to this massive problem not only lies with you and me but also with the giants of the hospitality industry, who somehow get away without being noticed as to how much of a big contributing factor they are to this problem. Have you ever thought of what happens to the waste after an event? Where does it go? How many of the big bins get filled up after these massive events? What can be done about this? Keep an eye out for our next post where we discuss more about this...
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